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Women & the Environment

The campaign continues with 10 new projects

A campaign true to our core values

All the funds raised by the RAJA Foundation will be donated to 10 projects chosen by the Foundation to support and promote the role of women in the protection of the environment, with the Women and Environment Action Programme.

Empow

Empow'her

Ishpingo

Ishpingo

Migrations & Développement

Migrations & Development

Terre & Humanisme

Earth & Humanism

Women's Worldwide Web

Women's
Worldwide Web

ADEARM

ADEARM

Entrepreneurs du Monde

Entrepreneurs
of the World

Le partenariat

The Partnership

Univers-Sel

Univers-Sel

Projeter Sans frontières

Project
without Frontiers

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Developing organic farming practices to protect vulnerable women and the degradation of the environment
with Empow'her

Every day, women famers in a village of Marachanca, Peru, suffer from the climate changes and environmental degradation that affects the yield and their productivity. This prevents them from generating enough income to support themselves and their families.

The aim of Empow'Her is to safely develop the existing harmful agricultural methods used to organic farming, a better and sustainable farming practice which will also provide these women with an income and autonomy. After gaining technical skills in agricultural science, management and leadership, 16 women will be able to obtain a recognised certification to facilitate the growth of their produce.

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Empow’her trains and supports groups of women entrepreneurs in developing countries. ... Go to website.

Project goals

16 women farmers trained

5% increase in produce and turnover

1 certificate in agriculture received

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Training women in agroforestry to develop their standards of living, income and contribute to the reforestation of the Amazon
with Ishpingo

Oil exploitation sites cause deforestation, biodiversity loss, and soil and water pollution, oil and gas extraction has severely degraded and contaminated the Ecuadorian Amazonian rainforests.

Ishpingo has been working for a decade in the province of Napo, Ecuador, it has launched a project of fruit and medicinal tree nurseries to reforest these regions and to regenerate ecosystems. Kichwa women, trained in agroforestry techniques, are responsible for these operations. In order for them to develop their activities to help secure their welfare, the project plans to provide them with resources to train them in fruit processing and to structure themselves into successful cooperatives.

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Ishpingo operates within the Ecuadorian Amazon to improve the living standards of native communities whilst preserving the resources of the Amazon rainforest. ... Go to website.

Project goals

500 Kichwa women farmers educated

6 months of training

1 cooperative created

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Training women in sustainable agriculture to adapt to the climate changes
with Migrations & Development

In the Souss Massa region of Morocco, the effects of climate change (the loss of biodiversity, soil depletion and water shortages) are noticeable. These are accentuated by inadequate human practices with the overexploitation of resource and intense agriculture farming.

Given that women are the main actors in agricultural production, the project aims to train women farmers in agricultural techniques that respect the environment and to enhance their production. 45 women will be trained in agro-ecology and seed bank management so that they can then pass on this knowledge to other farmers in the region.

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Migrations & Development operates in Morocco on several socioeconomic development projects, including sustainable agriculture. ... Go to website.

Project goals

45 women farmers trained

2 seed banks set-up

100 farmers educated about agro-ecology

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Supporting women to launch environmentally friendly and income generating agricultural activities
with Earth & Humanism

In Togo, climate change and intense farming are destroying soil and causing poverty and rural migration for farmers, particularly in the north, the Savanes region. Despite women’s’ key roles in local agriculture they are poorly valued (having a low level of qualification and difficulties in accessing property).

Earth & Humanism and its local partner AREJ will train 20 young women from market gardening groups in agro-ecology and management of a small farm. These women will receive resources, such as materials and financial support to start and sustain their farming efforts. In turn, they will too educate others within their group of these newly gained sustainable methods. This will enable them to strengthen their role within communities, but also enable proficient food farming activities for them and the entire region.

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Initiated by Pierre Rabh, Earth & Humanism has been working since 1994 on the transmission of agro-ecology for food self-sufficiency. ... Go to website.

Project goals

20 young women trained in a farm-school

7 accompanied market gardening groups

4 equipped vegetable perimeters

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Supporting women farmers with the transition of implementing agro-ecology principles to combat and reduce desertification
with Women’s Worldwide Web (W4)

The project works in Bir Salah, Tunisia, aims to address two crucial issues for the rural development of the country, the economic vulnerability of women in rural areas mainly women working in agriculture, and the spread infertile land due to inappropriate agriculture, droughts and deforestation.

Following the success of a pilot program in 2014-2015, W4 and its local partner "Dream in Tunisia" are launching a larger, sustainable and easily replicable program. This project will enable 40 women to be trained in agro-ecology and to generate own income through the establishment, harvesting and marketing of new environmentally friendly crops, as well as through cooperative structuring.

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Women’s Worldwide Web (W4) aims to defend and promote the rights of women in developing countries. ... Go to website.

Project goals

40 women farmers

30 000 trees planted within 2 years

80 seasonal jobs created for women

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Promoting women's access to better farming practices
with ADEARM

The agriculture society in France has little value for women, if they manage their own farms they face certain difficulties compared with men, such as getting a loan or business negotiations due to their status.

The ADEARs of the Pays de Loire set up a pilot scheme to support women in farm management and working in the agriculture industry. 50 participants will be mentored and will receive technical training, whilst 30 will benefit from help and advice to help them manage their business activities so they are treated in a more equal way.

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Agricultural and Rural Employment Development Association (ADEARM) works in France to promote and facilitate women's access to sustainable agriculture practices. ... Go to website.

Project goals

50 women farmers trained

130 agriculture members will attend a conference on female roles within society

3 regions are targetted, Mayenne, Sarthe, Vendée

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Empowering vulnerable women to achieve clean and economic energy
with Entrepreneurs of the World

The cooking stoves in Togo not only consume a lot of wood but also produce harmful fumes that affect the health of the community and the environment, and it is women’s health that is mainly affected from cooking with these stoves. Also, only 30% of the population in Togo has access to electricity meaning they are deprived from energy such as heat to keep warm.

Entrepreneurs of the World has initiated the Mivo project to make clean, modern and economical cooking and lighting products accessible to the most vulnerable women. These products are distributed at low cost from a network of local retailers, they are trained and will receive support from the project to help manage their efforts successfully. A number of people across the region will be able to benefit from the new equipment, and those who have been trained will be able to pass on their new skills.

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Entrepreneurs of the World support the most vulnerable people to achieve clean and economic energy whilst enabling an income with newly developed activities ... Go to website.

Project goals

1 range of 5 high performing eco kits

3000 women will receive economical cooking and lighting equipment

1 network of 45 retailers will be created

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To enable women fish farmers to recycle their waste and to produce biogas, a sustainable energy
with The Partnership

EIn Saint-Louis, Senegal, women fish processors use wood-burning cooking stoves, the waste produced from cooking is then sent to the Saint-Louis River as there is no refuse treatment system in place to safely dispose of the waste produced.

The Partnership is launching a pilot project to help women reduce the pollution created, providing biogas plants for the fish processing plant. These will recycle the waste to allow the organic waste produced to be used as fuel instead of being discharged into the river, and will also provide energy for cooking fish instead of using the wood-burning stoves. The project will also train women to be autonomous leaders, and promote and educate the use of biogas to other women fish processors.

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Established in 1981 The Partnership is an international solidarity organisation that fights inequalities and works for a more united world. ... Go to website.

Project goals

5 biogas units installed to supply 10 stoves

20m3 of biogas produced per day

700 women transforming fish farming processes to produce biogas

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Teaching solar salt extraction techniques to salt-producing women to protect mangroves
with UNIVERS-SEL

In the region of Kapatres, Guinea-Bissau, women working in salt-producing farms boil brine to harvest salt, excessive amounts of mangrove wood are used to fuel the fire and their health is also at risk because of smoke emanations.

The association UNIVERS-SEL has developed an eco-responsible salt production technique with local producers and salt collectors from Guérande, to improve the solution miming technique to recover salt by an evaporation process of drying the brine on tarpaulins exposed to the sun. 40 women will be trained in new salt production techniques, they will then train other producers on their own salt works, which will in turn enhance their role in the community and improve the surrounding eco-system and health.

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UNIVERS-SEL is an international solidarity association working for sustainable agricultural development in the West African mangrove zone, Guinea-Bissau. ... Go to website.

Project goals

1000 small farms managed women

40 trained women in salt production

50% reduction in wood consumption

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Promoting the establishment of urban agriculture with the women of Bogota
with Project without Frontier

Due to armed conflict, Colombia is the second largest country in the world with an entire displaced population (6 million people). In the neighbourhood of Santa Rosa, south of Bogota, many rural populations who have fled the fighting have left their homes and now a number of families are living together in cramped housing.

In order to rebuild these vulnerable populations, the Project without Frontiers will implement its "Lets sow confidence" project that has been developing since 2012, which aims to develop urban and peri-urban agriculture. Approximately 20 women producers will be trained in organic farming and management in farms, enabling them to distribute organic baskets across Bogota. Another 30 women will be trained in sowing and maintaining urban gardens which will ensure families can provide for themselves.

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Project without Frontier, is an international solidarity association that fights poverty and the exclusion of the most vulnerable populations in developing countries. ... Go to website.

Project goals

50 women in vulnerable areas will participate in the project

1 "Lets sow confidence" network will be dedicated exclusively to these producers

30 urban gardens created